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Alarm License Requirements (2008)

§ 40-79-270. Restrictions on use of license.

(A) No licensee may conduct an alarm business under a name other than the name that appears on the license.

(B) Any licensed alarm business may be a subcontractor to another licensed alarm business who has the contract with a client to engage in alarm work.

(C) No license, certificate, or registration can be used by or loaned to another entity or individual.



§ 40-79-10. Act to be administered under South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board.The Alarm System Business Act must be administered under the South Carolina Contractors Licensing Board which, in its authority over the alarm system industry, shall protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public through the regulation of businesses and individuals who identify, assess, and provide work to individuals, through the administration and enforcement of this chapter and Chapter 1, Title 40 and any regulation promulgated under this chapter.

§ 40-79-20. Definitions.(A) As used in this chapter:

(1) "Alarm business" means an entity that is licensed by the South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board to engage in the burglar or fire alarm system business, or both.

(2) "Bid" means an offer to furnish labor, equipment or materials, or other services regulated by this chapter.

(3) "Board" means the South Carolina Contractor's Licensing Board.

(4) "Burglar alarm system business" means a person, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity authorized by law and approved by the board that designs, installs, services, maintains, or alters burglar alarm systems and heat and smoke sensors installed within a burglar alarm system; a burglar alarm system detects intrusion, burglary, and breaking or entering but does not include home health care signaling devices.

(5) "Contractor" means an entity licensed to engage in the burglar or fire alarm system business.

(6) "Department" means the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation.

(7) "Entity" means a sole proprietorship, partnership, limited liability partnership, limited liability company, association, joint venture, cooperative, corporation, or other legal entity authorized by law and approved by the board.

(8) "Fire alarm system business" means an individual, firm, association, partnership, corporation, or other legal entity authorized by law and approved by the board that designs, installs, services, maintains, or alters fire alarm systems.

(9) "Individual" means a natural person.

(10) "Installs" means activity or work which involves the set-up, installation, or connection of alarm system equipment in any manner to a client's property.

(11) "Licensee" means an alarm business that has been issued a license by the board pursuant to this chapter.

(12) "Primary qualifying party" means a qualifying party who is an owner, partner, or officer of a burglar alarm system business, or a full-time employee holding a managerial or supervisory position within the alarm system business and who qualifies the licensee to engage in the burglar or fire alarm business and is registered as a qualifying party with the department in accordance with this chapter.

(13) "Qualifying party" means an individual, owner, partner, officer, or employee of an alarm system business who has met the necessary requirements of a qualifying party and is registered with the department in accordance with this chapter.

(14) "Registered" means an owner, partner, principle officer, qualifying party, or registered employee of an alarm business whose name and address has been listed or registered with the department as an individual who has access to a client's property or burglar alarm records that can reveal, but not be limited to, the type of burglar alarm system, burglar alarm security numbers or code, or any other information pertaining to the system that could compromise the client's burglar alarm system. This includes individuals who sell, install, or service a burglar alarm system at a client's residence and a full-time employee. Also included is a part-time employee that has access to customers' records or files.

(15) "Registered employee" means an individual of an alarm system business who has not met the requirements of a qualifying party and is employed more than thirty days in any given calendar year and is registered with the department in accordance with this chapter.

(16) "Administrative personnel" means an individual that performs daily office functions for the management of an alarm business.

(17) "Monitoring personnel" means an individual that performs daily office functions observing the operation and activation of alarm systems from a monitoring station.

(18) "Customer service personnel" means an individual working for a licensed alarm entity that provides support for customer problems, complaints, questions, and concerns involving an alarm system.

(19) "Alarm technician" means an individual that specializes in any activity or work related to the set-up or installation, repair, alteration, or connection of an alarm system to a client's property.